Month-by-month recap of 2011 sports season

Published 2:07 pm Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another year in the world of Brewton area sports is coming to a close. Lets take a look at some of the sports stories that happened in 2011.

• Construction crews began working on the new T.R. Miller practice field and track facility.
• The W.S. Neal trio Scott Fountain, Jamar Travis and Jared Cooper won the national championship for the Auburn Tigers.

• W.S. Neal football supporters had their chance to meet new Eagle head football coach Doug Hoehn at a meet-and-greet at the East Brewton Civic Center.
• The T.R. Miller Lady Tiger basketball team won the area championship over Clarke to advance to the South Regionals at the Mitchell Center in Mobile on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

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• The W.S. Neal Eagle baseball team captured second place in their own Eagle Classic.
• JDCC head basketball coach Allen Gainer and players received postseason awards. Gainer was named Coach of the Year after leading the Warhawks to a 14-13 record and to the second round of the regional tournament. The 14 wins was the most in seven years for JDCC.
• W.S. Neal Middle School honored the trio of Auburn Tigers for winning the national championship.
• W.S. Neal Lady Eagle basketball coach John Saxon resigns.
• Logan Williamson leads the W.S. Neal baseball team to a stunning 7-6 win over T.R. Miller after the Eagles trailed TRM 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning.
• The W.S. Neal JV team wins their baseball tournament.

• The W.S. Neal Lady Eagle softball team rallies in final inning to beat Thomasville in an area game.
• The W.S. Neal baseball team wins the area championship with a 5-3 win over Thomasville.
• The T.R. Miller softball teams beats area opponent and No. 4-ranked Excel at home 10-2.
• The Lady Tiger softball team finishes second in Greenville tournament.
• A new semi-pro football team comes to Brewton—the Escambia Spartans.
• JDCC baseball player Ryne Drummonds signs with Brewton Parker.
• W.S. Neal’s baseball team splits with eventual state champion UMS-Wright in the first round of the baseball playoffs in East Brewton. The Eagles lost 13-0 the next day to finish season with a 21-8 record.
• T.R. Miller Lady Tiger basketball player Courtney Jones signs with Faulkner State.

• The T.R. Miller softball team advances to the regionals in Gulf Shores.
• T.R. Miller’s girls track teams wins the state championship while the boys finish as runner-up.
• T.R. Miller’s softball team loses to area opponent Excel in the regionals in Gulf Shores 8-0. The game was tied 0-0 going into the seventh inning.
• Former W.S. Neal football coach Kevin Jordan gets a job with Milton as defensive coordinator.
• New W.S. Neal head football coach Doug Hoehn completes his first spring training as the Eagles head coach.

• T.R. Miller tennis duo Deaundra Hetherington and Laura Burkett sign tennis scholarships to play with Faulkner State.
• W.S. Neal head volleyball coach Brittney Shelly resigns. Jeff Haney takes over.
• Brewton Babe Ruth Indians wins the regular season championship.
• W.S. Neal track teams holds the Blueberry Chase 5K.
• Jared Cooper goes to the White House for Auburn’s football national championship.
• Brewton’s 11-12 all star team gets a walk off 3-run homerun from Jordan Williams to defeat Opp 3-0. The game was tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

• Brewton’s Cal Ripken softball 9-10s win the state championship.
• Escambia County’s softball teams win the South Alabama Championship to advance to the World Series in Andalusia. Brewton’s team also advances.
• T.R. Miller’s Natalie Neal signs a scholarship to play softball at Union in Tennessee.
• Brewton and East Brewton host the state Cal Ripken tournament.

• Football teams begin fall practice.
• Mal Moore comes to Brewton.
• Escambia County beats Brewton at the softball World Series in Andalusia.
• Former T.R. Miller Tiger player Juan Johnson comes homes to coach T.R. Miller football.
• JDCC assistant baseball coach Adam Reed goes to Germany to help with baseball camps.
• WSN football falls to Opp in overtime in a preseason football game.
• Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs comes to Brewton.

• T.R. Miller honors their 1991 state championship football team.

• W.S. Neal football defeats Monroe County 55-14 to end 20-game losing streak and give head coach Doug Hoehn first WSN win.
• T.R. Miller’s volleyball team wins their seventh straight Escambia County tournament.
• TRM and WSN volleyball advances, falls at regionals.
• T.R. Miller football defeats W.S. Neal 26-14 in annual Battle of Murder Creek in East Brewton.
• Kason Whitten hired as new W.S. Neal basketball coach.

• TRM cross country goes to state.
• TRM football loses to Handley in second round of playoffs 21-19. Handley would later win the 3A state championship.
• AHSAA announces new classification and regions. WSN drops to 3A and in same region as TRM.
• TRM track facility project is completed.

• JDCC baseball players Jordan Creel, Jeremy Barnes and Corey Thompson all sign scholarships to advance their careers.
• Two Brewton Punt, Pass, and Kick participants (Nolan Atkinson and Steely Ruzic) compete in New Orleans at a Saints game.
• TRM’s Curtis Glaize wins the FCA Challenger Award.
• TRM’s Caleb McAnally named to 3A all state first team football team.

About Adam Robinson

My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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